March 12, 2007
I love pillows for Andy's nursery. He doesn't have enough yet as I'm picky and probably didn't come up with the best theme for his room. If you have a sailing theme for your nursery, you will love the Sail Away Wool Felt Pillow. It is handcrafted, lined with muslin fabric, filled with a down insert, and sewn in wool felt so it won't pill or tear. I really love the design so much. Other cute pillows made by the designer Branching Out include the One Big Shell Wool Felt Pillow and the Shell Trio Wool Felt Pillow to complete the nautical theme, the Princess Wool Felt Pillow, the Football Pillow, the Sweet Tweet Pillow, and even monogrammed pillows.
February 8, 2007
So many mobiles are too cutsy and boring I think. Many babies love them I guess, but mine, while interested when I play the music so it spins, could have gotten by without it quite easily. I wonder if the mobile is as much for the parents as it is for the babies. Maybe that's why I love this next one, the Birds of a Feather Mobile. It is laser cut from walnut veneer wood and has a natural oil finish. The mobile pieces also pop out of a square sheet which then can be used for stenciling or other art projects. I think this mobile could be used for a long time after the baby is through with it as well. It almost looks like an art piece to me!
February 7, 2007
A lot of parents swear by humidifiers. We haven't had a need for one yet, but we saw a really cute one on Really Natural, the Hello Kitty Ultrasonic Humidifier. It is a cool mist humidifier, is whisper quiet, and has an easy to remove water tank. Your child isn't into Hello Kitty? There's also the Thomas the Train Humidifier as well cow, penguin, and pig shaped ones.
January 4, 2007
This looks like the perfect gift for the next baby shower you go to. The New Baby Kit, available from Wry Baby, contains one wardrobe staple (the NEW onesie), one marriage-saving tool (the hilarious Wheel of Responsibility), and one awesome doodle pad (the baby hairdo maker). The Wheel of Responsibility is worth the price alone. Whenever there's a dirty diaper, simply spin the wheel to see who's turn it is to change it!
November 30, 2006
I know I've said before that I'm not a big fan of most mobiles, but I did find another one that is quite beautiful. The Petal Mobile from Petunia Petunia is hand crocheted, and each flower has a small happy face on it. It hangs about 16 inches, so it should be hung from the ceiling so your baby can't grab at it. When your baby is too old for a mobile, you could still use this by hanging it above the changing table, at a window, or anywhere in the nursery as it looks more like a decoration than your typical mobile.
November 27, 2006
My son loves things that he can play with and touch. Right now he uses his Taggy Blanket (a must have, but that's another post) whenever he watches tv (which isn't super often, but he is a big fan of Sesame Street). When I found the Dwarf's Land Play Rug by Haba, I knew that he'd love it as well when he's a little older. Just over 3 feet by 3 feet, this rug has trees and houses that are 3D, a mirror in the lake, and a car with a removable goblin. It's very colorful and soft, and I think it'd quickly become a favorite in everyone's household.
November 14, 2006
I'm sure we've said once or twice how we never really got into decorating Andy's room. I really wanted to, but I didn't pick a good theme, and instead of wanting to get everything done before giving birth like every other pregnant woman on the planet, I actually was pretty lazy. Now I rather wish I had just themed with colors as that would have been easier but still looked nice. If I had done that, I probably would have considered getting something like the Framed Initials from Kookoo Bears. Available in pink and blue, these would have been a cute way to fill up some space on Andy's wall as well as teach him how to spell his name when he gets a little older. Of course, I probably would have just done Andy instead of Anderson because it would get expensive spelling out such a long name on the wall!
November 7, 2006
If you're like us, you wouldn't even consider diapering your baby with cloth diapers. However, that doesn't meant that you can't use cloth diapers in your nursery. These singly-ply diapers really have dozens of different uses. They make great burp cloths — they're big enough to really cover your shoulder when you're burping your child, and they're absorbent enough to clean up all but the biggest of spit-ups. They make great changing table covers when you're hard-pressed in a restaurant bathroom. You can even use them as a light blanket during the summer! We keep 2 dozen of these in our nursery, and they're usually scattered around the house so there's always one within reach. These are definitely a nursery necessity!
November 6, 2006
I know I've said in the past that I don't like most mobiles, but I've found one that I really love. The Sunshine Mobile by Haba is so bright and colorful, looking at it makes me smile. There are smiles on the flowers which hang from green vines and a sun in the center. And I really like how this mobile is designed for the baby laying beneath it in mind. So many mobiles seem to be made for adults with the objects facing out instead of down. I think any baby would really like this mobile.
November 1, 2006
I like sock monkeys. I don't really know much about them, but they are cute and cuddly, and I like monkeys anyway. So of course I like the Sock Monkey nursery set. There is a three piece set that includes a sheet, dust ruffle, and bumper as well as a four piece set, which unfortunately doesn't say what the four pieces are. The price is a little steep for me, but if you really like your sock monkeys, it's really cute bedding!